For more than a decade, I have been a using Nikon DSLR camera, first it as Nikon D80 which I loved a lot, then it was D7000 that I got at Tokyo (Japan) in 2012. Around that time I attended a Photography workshop by the talented Photographer Mr K.Dhamodharan. After the initial years of excitement trying to take “good” pictures, then getting used to the convenience of taking excellent photos effortlessly with Google Pixel 2, I got tired of carrying a DSLR and its accessories around – also the thankless job of getting the photos from the camera to your PC, before you can share them. I sold my Nikon D7000.
But, one thing I was missing with Google Pixel 2 was a reasonable optical zoom. I thought I will go for a pocket camera with a good inbuilt zoom lens. I was looking for everything in one – Wi-Fi, Microphone input, Compact Size, less than $1000 price tag, Touch Screen, Tiltable screen and so on – obviously, no camera fitted all this requirement. Finally, on a friend’s advice, I went for Panasonic Lumix ZS200, bought it from Amazon USA through my nephew who was returning from there, for $700.
On the spec-sheet, Panasonic Lumix ZS200 has a lot going for it:
- 1-inch 20.1-megapixel MOS sensor
- 15X zoom LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens (24-360mm)
- HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)
- 3-inch LCD display
- 4K QFHD video recording (3840 x 2160)
- USB charging and Wi-Fi connectivity
- micro-HDMI type D and USB 2.0
The camera is worth the price and convenient to use. Most of the pictures come out great, nothing to complain, but not great all the time.
Below are a few of the pictures taken with the camera – Panasonic Lumix DC-Z200:
Along with the camera, I got a few accessories: Sandisk Extreme 128GB microSDXC UHS-3 Card for $30, Samsung 128GB MicroSD (U3) Memory card for $20 and OAproda 2 Pack Battery and USB Charger for the camera for $18. I had also bought a Google Daydream VR!